Now that I have already made the wooden frame or window frame, we will see a simple way to make wooden windows. OK, this is just to make simple wooden windows, because in this case it is to ventilate a shed. This is why it will also install a metallic mesh instead of glass.
How to make wooden window joints
To make simple wooden windows we can use miter joints. So, with the help of the frame that I made in the previous post, I measure the stiles and the rails of the window. And with the miter saw I can make 45 degrees cuts to make miter wooden joints .
Now I have to dry fit all the window parts with the help of a strap clamp. Like this I can measure and I can cut the central crossbar. And will use some dowels to join this center crossbar. Then, with the help of the horizontal drill press table and the vertical drill press table, I will drill the holes to make the dowel joints.
And once I see that the rails and the stiles fit well, I can already glue all the parts of the wooden window. I have to apply some glue in the 45 degrees miter joints and in the dowel joints. And I keep it all together and tight with the strap clamp until the carpenter’s glue dries. But never everything goes perfect, and as we can see in one of the pictures, the miter joints are not perfect. Luckily it is not something that worries me too much, because this is a simple window, and I can fix the miter joints with some for wood filler. Now I have already made a homemade miter jig for table saw which helps me to make accurate 45 degrees cuts.
Also, these miter joints are a little bit simple wooden joints for a window. Then, if you’re going to make wooden windows like this one, you should reinforce the corners. So, I will use a spline jig to reinforce the 45 degrees miter joints (watch here how to make a spline jig for table saw).
After the carpenter’s glue dries, I sand the corners to leave the splinters flush with the surface of the window edges. And I check if the window fits well in the wooden frame. But it turns out that, as expected, the window is slightly larger than the wooden frame. Luckily I can use my homemade carpentry guide for circular saw. It is great to make straight, long and accurate cuts with the circular saw. And it helps me to adjust the window size precisely to fit it in the frame with just some play.